Fridays are always fun. Emery doesn’t have daycare and I try to wrap up my work projects as early as possible so we can find an adventure for the day. On this particular day, our to-do list included shopping in Rosemary Beach. How fun! Since I had to stop in to drop off a printing project, I figured we would browse the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and shop for a new bathing suit for Emery.
This girl was a little grumpy when I woke her up from a nap, but a lunch date at Cowgirl Kitchen (and their Mac n Cheese) made it all better.
I love getting the Nachos with extra fresh jalapeño, but today I ate every bite of the Drunken Shrimp Tacos. They are so good I could eat them twice.
With full bellies, we strolled next door to Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashion & Toys. This store just puts a smile on your face. Bright-colored toys and games overflow onto Main Street and adorable clothes, toys and accessories fill the store. This is Emery’s “Mommy, can we please go in here?” dance.
Emery loved the model train that makes its way around a track on the ceiling. She took time to look at every item in the store – even the boys section – and carefully picked out her favorite swimsuit. Eenie meanie miney mo!
Of course, all the toys in the store are like a dream come true for a kid. Gigi’s even has retro games I remember like a See & Say, View Master and Slinky. I told her to narrow it down to just one favorite.
How could I say no? After Gigi’s, we wandered down to Eastern Green with Emery running her heart out. I love the way everyone just parks their bicycles on the green before running down to the beach (located just beyond the dune here).
As usual, it was a beautiful 30A day. The white sand is magic!
I love this view of the town from the boardwalk with The Pensione Inn (the red building) on the left and The Pearl on the right.
We decided we better finish our errands and hightail it home so we could enjoy an afternoon in the sun. I couldn’t resist peeking into Willow Boutique as we strolled back to the car. The bright prints they have in stock right now are so fun and I love anything Mara Hoffman.
After one super quick stop at Fitz & Emme (where Emery played tea party while I browsed the clothes), we headed home for fun in the sun.
That’s one happy customer and one happy mama!
Another labor of love complete, y’all. I’m so excited to share the latest issue of the 30A Street Style e-zine with all of you. This is one of my favorite times of year, as we all get ready for the busy spring and summer seasons ahead. I worked so hard to try to capture that buzz and excitement through style. Take a look and read through the issue to fall in love with fresh fashion from 30A and beyond. I’d love to hear what you think!
If there’s one thing I can’t turn down it’s an event that involves shopping and adult beverages. Cue Shop Sandestin‘s Passport to Fashion event last night. All of the Sandestin Family of Retail Shops were open exclusively to stylish VIPs for a fun fashion tour of Barefoot Princess, Island Clothiers, Sandestin Gear, Toys & Treasures and Coconut Kids.
(photo above by Sara Lyn Photography)
At each store, we browsed the latest fall fashion, sipped delicious (and much-needed!) wine and noshed on the tastiest bites including my favorites Prosciutto wrapped Dates with Smoked Almonds and Goat Cheese and Shrimp Cocktail Skewers. We had our passport stamped at each stop and turned in the completed invite for a chance to win a $1500-value Ultimate Sandestin Staycation.
I loved catching up with friends like Sarah Powers of Closetini. Check out her blog and Instagram for daily doses of outfit inspiration. I just love her style! I’m wearing the Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top in Va Voom Purple that I bought at Barefoot Princess a few weeks back. If you can’t stop by the store in person, you can find it online here.
AND since 10% of proceeds of all sales went directly to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, I couldn’t resist snagging this colorful Trina Turk top on a major deal. I’d say the night was definitely a success!
South Walton Fashion Week has just wrapped up and all I can say is “Wow!” From the trunk shows, to the runway shows, to talented emerging designers, to super sweet celebrity judges and, of course, all the amazing style, I feel like I’ve just woken up from a fabulous fashion dream. We’re doing a full wrap-up report in the next issue of 30A Street Style, but for now, here’s a glance of what my week looked like.
Getting country glam for the Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March Boots & Bubbly party:
With talented designer Stephanie Carter of Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March:
Hanging with my new friend Michela, MADE in the Deep South designer, at SFH headquarters:
With the lovely Cassie McConnell Kelley of Womanista blog:
Caitlyn and I chatted up Mychael Knight of Project Runway fame and now also of Project Runway All-Stars.
Sporting my new favorite black and white grid print blouse during Day 2 trunk shows:
Getting an insider recommendation on a lovely lipstick (YSL Volupte Candy No 4) at the Alys Shoppe:
Checking out Emerging Designer shows including winner Ashlie Ming’s feminine edgy style:
Getting a backstage view:
Adding this dress from the Alys Shoppe to my wish list:
Seeing these totally awesome Jeffrey Campbell shoes:
Experiencing extreme bikini envy (and possibly hair envy) during the Ophelia show:
Celebrating a successful week at the Red Bar during the 30a.com / Ophelia Swimwear Bikini Brunch:
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If you’ve ever visited our beaches here in South Walton and wandered around Seaside, you’ve probably seen the bold striped curtains and sweet blue sign welcoming you to the beach store Deja Vu. It’s a quaint and cute clothing and accessory shop with a style that seems one party beachy, one party preppy, one part hippie, one part Southern belle and one part cool girl. It’s hard not to find something to like. Trust me. What’s even cooler? Stephanie Nichols, the owner and super cool local, designs the Judith March clothing line carried in the store! The line, named after two grandmothers, is gaining national popularity and is popping up in stores all around the South and beyond. It’s been so exciting to watch it grow!
Stephanie and her team do an amazing job representing our little beach town to the fashion set and always have captivating campaigns that show just how versatile the lovely little dresses, tops and shorts are. I’m a dress girl all the way, so I love seeing so many options for wearing an all-in-one outfit. For their 2012 lookbook, the Judith March girls took to the super chic Moroccan style Caliza Pool at Alys Beach
and used its gorgeous water and white walls for their fashion backdrop. The final look? Fab.u.lous!!!
Take a look:
Just lovely! Very cute and dresses that can really be worn anywhere. If any of you are really into gift giving, feel free to bestow one or all of these snazzy frocks upon your favorite blogger. Wink, wink.
To keep up with Judith March on their blog, go here. To keep up with owner/designer Stephanie Nichols on her blog, go here. To shop Deja Vu and Judith March, go here.
On another of our walks around Lake Defuniak, Emery and I got plenty of fresh air, sunshine and even duck sightings. We don’t usually walk right by the water and I didn’t realize there were so many duckies around the lake! Next time I’ll have to bring bread crumbs…
We took a note from the day and let Emery sleep with a few duck buddies of her own.
What I mean is Soho window shopping, as in the store Soho at Gulf Place, not the area South of Houston in New York. (Though I’ll be there soon enough!) It’s always fun to see window displays and browse the latest styles and additions. Here’s the current view of Soho’s window, with the beginning of fall clothes and no shortage of ruffles:
The wedding countdown is on! I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks away — I feel so unprepared! Some of the really fun parts of the time leading up to the big day are going to all the showers. The food is always cute and the drinks are always tasty! (Of course, as the MOH, I also have a very important job of writing down who gave what.)
Here are a few of the fashions:
From Left: BCBG dress with J. Crew belt, Deja Vu dress (from the Seaside store), LuluVia dress (from 96 Degrees in Seagrove)
From Left: Forever 21 dress, White House l Black Market dress (from Destin Commons) with yellow belt from Beach Buzz in Rosemary Beach.
Fun, fun, fun!
I’m already in love with my new black and white envelope clutch from Deja Vu
in Seaside (and Pier Park). Of course the color combo never goes out of style, but the fact that it’s oversized makes it much more practical for carrying the essentials out and about. It’s so classic! This bag just reminds me of my grandmother who was always so fashionable and loved to say when she was younger that she wouldn’t be caught dead without a pair of heels on. Any pair would be perfect with this clutch!